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‘All Yours’ Director David Lambert: “I want to try to be true to life and see how things are.”

'All Yours' Director David Lambert: "I want to try to be true to life and see how things are."

“All Yours,” out on DVD May 26, is a frisky romance about Lucas
(Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), a young man from Argentina who meets the heavyset
Belgium baker, Henry (Jean-Michel Balthazar), on an online dating site. Henry
flies the scruffy Latin youth to his village to come live and bake with Henry.
However, upon arrival, Lucas is visibly uncomfortable with both the sleeping
and working arrangements.

Writer/director David Lambert’s (“Beyond
the Walls”) film has Lucas and Henry navigating their relationship, which is
further complicated when Lucas finds himself attracted to Audrey (Monia Chokri),
Henry’s other employee.

“All Yours” is a vivid, engrossing character study, complete with
some graphic sex scenes, opera, and plenty of baking.

Lambert spoke with /bent via Skype about
creating “All Yours.”

Gary
M. Kramer: How did you come up with the story and the characters?

David
Lambert:
It was a strange. When I saw prostitutes
and sex worker characters in film, I didn’t see anything relevant or close to
life. There’s a criminalization of the client or prostitute in movies. My first
idea was to make a film about a very specific client and sex worker, without
criminalizing them or any aspect of this strange relationship. My second
intention was how you deal with all this Internet stuff, and how people are
meeting on the Internet one way and how it is different when they meet in real
life. The [characters] have to learn how to make a life together.  

GMK:
What struck me specifically was all of the touching and body language the
characters employed. A visually powerful scene has Lucas massaging Henry. It’s
physically tender, but the relationship between the men was emotionally
strained.

DL: I put actors in situations where they don’t need a lot of dialog
to express themselves. When I can replace words with a look or gesture, I do
it. I’m resisting the talkative French cinema in my Belgian cinema. I try to
observe the characters and their bodies in space. Concerning Lucas, the massage
scene is something he was not obliged to do but he is a survival character.
It’s instinctive. He is not able to do anything else. He has such poor
self-confidence to be involved with women that he can only have sex with
guys.  A “non-profit” relationship [e.g.,
sex without payment, or for love] is something he can’t deal with. He is used
to exploiting gay love and misery. When he has to express a real feeling with a
woman or connect his own brain, heart, and dick, Lucas is a mess. He’s not able
to do that.

GMK:
How did you work with the actors on their roles?

DL: I always write my characters like they all have a second or third
chance. They are trying to do their best with their emotions and the situation.
They are not mean; we try to get the best qualities. This is life. They are
hurting each other, and themselves, but they are trying the best they can.

GMK:
What can you say about creating the graphic sex scenes on the videos, in the
sex club and with Lucas’ rent boy activities?

DL When I shot “Beyond the Walls,”
I decided to be very sexual but never explicit. You don’t see anything—fetish,
blow jobs, or fucking. It was a decision from the start. When I was shooting “Beyond
the Walls,” I had “All Yours” in
mind, and I knew it would be the opposite and very explicit. Why is this film
explicit? If you want to portray a character like Lucas, who is considering
himself as a “dick” at least in the first part of the movie, having his life
revolve around his dick, you have to show his dick. If you don’t show the dick
of a character like this, you are avoiding the subject and not respecting the
character. It’s a necessity for this kind of character, a male prostitute. The
film is about a web cam image of a very sexual image [an erection] that becomes
a complete human. He’s training himself to become someone complete not just a
“dick.”

GMK:
How do you think these characters are representational of the LGBT community?
DL I never try to represent a community. As I write
and direct, I don’t think about the LGBT community, the Belgian community, the
village community, I am trying to portray strong characters in strong stories
and show things that we don’t see usually in cinema. As far as the LGBT community
is concerned, we are mature enough and experienced enough to deal with issues
that are not especially as pleasant as we would like them to be. Gay dating
websites are a part of gay life. It’s like a Russian lady dating website is part
of straight life, it’s the same story. They end up in a crazy village with
crazy men.

GMK:
How do you see your place in queer cinema? Are you focused on telling stories
about marginalized, disenfranchised characters who sacrifice themselves for
love?

DL: I see people trapped in situations, and I see a world of queer
cinema that are basically always dealing with the same stories and clichés,
like gay prostitutes and drugs and crime. I want to try to be true to life and
see how things are. Cinema is too much about fantasy.

 

 

 

 

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